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Sunday February 27, 2011 Our master bedroom taken because I love the light.

Monday February 28, 2011 My books read for February_'Kitchen Confidential' because it was for my bookclub_I like this book. 'Firman' is about a rat who begins eating books in order to nourish his body but continues to do so in order to nourish his mind, he's a very smart rat and is exceedingly self-aware. Joseph Campbell is a hero of mine so, I read him off and on always. Wales because I have a Cletic thing going. 'The Accidental Masterpiece' because it was there and about art & collecting and is written as essays and that's just so win/ win/ win for me.

Tuesday March 1, 2011_Family Bibles
For Lauren:
I don't know who these belonged to except that they come from your Grandma Mary's side of the family. When her mama & daddy died, she brought them home with her and so, when it was time, I did the same. They may have been actually read at some point, but long ago became something else, something not unlike two little nests where precious bits of paper and ribbon and dried flowers were gathered, death notices, letters, photographs, recipes. I'm not sure why but they frighten me a little. Maybe someday I'll read them, if not the books themselves, then at least their hidden treasures.

Wednesday March 2, 2011 OMG I made something with YEAST, a first. The recipe is Amish Bread, the simplest I could find. I didn't do it quite right, but Lauren loved it and David thought it pretty good so, maybe I'll try again.

March 3, 2011 Thursday All the books gathered up and on their way, ultimately, to the library. With four bags in the trunk and with three in the back window, I was able to transport all of them in one load.

Friday March 4, 2011 With only one rainy day last week, I was able to get some yard work done, my ONE job: to clean up the side strip between the driveway and the fence which produced a fairly decent sized pile for recycle pick-up on Friday.

Saturday March 5, 2011 The library on the way to my bookclub breakfast, which is at a restaurant just across and down the street. Obviously nearly brand new, this library is also a community center with a very nice playground.

Flickr for all the weeks that have come before


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Mar. 9th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
Seeing your outdoor pics makes me want Spring even more! I can't wait for the trees to bloom again.
Mar. 10th, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
Soon, Spring will come soon, promise.
Mar. 9th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
Your bedroom is gorgeous! And I want some of that bread. ;-)
Mar. 10th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
Thank you!! Everything has its story, as with most people and their things, collected over many years.

Next loaf, I'll send you some. Just know, it goes hard really quick but you be okay with that, right? Or, I could just give you the recipe...?
Mar. 10th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
Sure, would love the recipe! I see you've typed it out below for someone else. *bookmarks*
Mar. 10th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
Home baked bread! ♥ My sister makes the *best* bread. She uses the King Arthur Flour's Cookbook that I got her for Christmas a few years back as her 'go to' for recipes. Best present I ever gave her; it's the gift that keeps giving. LULZ.

They have recipes online for free here: KAF

And they have an online baking/cooking course here. Just look for the 'learn online' section on the left hand navigation bar.

And the primer for basic yeast bread is here.

There's also a community forum on the site so you can ask questions if you get stuck on something. :)

As to the bibles, I think it's totally awesome that you have a family treasure like those. You might not be ready to look through them just yet, but, when you are, I'd imagine you'll find a treasure trove of little bits of lost family lore.
Mar. 10th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC)
Woman, you are a font of information. Thank you, a second time, for cool links, I will definitely check them out, especially the baking course, which will also be a great help to my daughter's BF, who loves to bake, even if he isn't always too successful.

I've been thinking, and I believe my problem with the bibles is that they weren't a part of my life, I only saw them once before, at my grandma's, until I found them in my parent's home and they just seem so incredibly personal, like I'm reading someone's private diary. But, yeah...ome day.
Mar. 10th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Your bedroom is so beautiful! Making bread's on my "give it whirl someday" list.

Just noticed you are listening to David Nevue. I love new age solo piano sometimes.

Edited at 2011-03-10 02:44 am (UTC)
Mar. 10th, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
thank you!! The bread wasn't as difficult as I thought, try it. This makes 2 loaves but I'm splitting it in half until I get it right.
Amish White Bread
2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups bread flour
In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, stir in yeast.
Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
Mix salt and oil into the yeast.
Mix in flour one cup at a time.
Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth.
Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat.
Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half.
Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9x5 inch loaf pans.
Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes

The music comes from our cable, Comcast, channel 934, it's just new age, world, electronic music, no lyrics, which I like best when working or reading.
Mar. 10th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recipe! I love recipes, especially ones with photos! Do you think I could replace the white flour with wheat?

Yeah, I've got those stations on my cable, too. Very handy.
Mar. 10th, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
I agree - the light in your bedroom makes a beautiful room even more beautiful!

What a treasure those bibles will be for Lauren (or for you when you are no longer afraid of them)! I say this from looking from the 'other' side...mementos of our family history only go back to coming to Canada. We were left out of any bequests from my grandparents (and I don't mean a monetary bequest)...none of the relatives even thought to send a small remembrance. *sigh*

Homemade bread! Yum! :)
Mar. 10th, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
Thank you, I like too.

I can't even imagine having nothing, although living in earthquake country, I can imagine loosing everything. How unkind of them not to send you anything, no mementos of any kind. So sorry.

The bread was semi-yum, I shooting for actual yum next time.

Mar. 10th, 2011 09:07 am (UTC)
I love your bedroom! It looks really beautiful!

And I find the pic of the library really cool.
Mar. 11th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
thank you, sweetie, I kind of like the bedroom too, I spend a lot of time, mainly in the evenings, reading in there.

They've rebuilt a number of our libraries over the past five years or so, all to the same basic design, but this one is especially nice because of its multiple functions. I wanted to show its size and its cool sign, this was the only way I could figure to do that.
Mar. 11th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
That bread looks delicious! Your bedroom looks so pretty and cozy!
Mar. 12th, 2011 05:49 am (UTC)
the bread wasn't too bad but, honestly, does need a little work and yeah, the bedroom is very cozy, I listen to music while reading in there a lot, my little sanctuary I guess.
Mar. 12th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
I see Oscar in your trunk. :) Do you think the reason the bibles scare you is because they pass from one generation to the next when someone dies, and you have them now. I love how you called them little nests. Maybe you and Lauren should look at them together, see what's there.
Mar. 12th, 2011 06:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, Oscar's in the trunk. I found myself with two bios on him and one had to go. There was a point in time when I was vaguely obsesses with the man. I kept some but not all of the books on him.

I think you're mostly right, they will someday go from me to Lauren but there's something else as well. I think that it may have something to do with the fact that they have no context in my life, nor did they in my parents or grandparents lives, other than the bits & pieces of paper within their pages and even most of that is meaningless, at least to me, nothing seems to have been put in them since the 1950s. They once, long ago, were living things, precious, and now they're not. This is fairly confessional for me, you ask interesting questions.
Mar. 17th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
Have you been to his grave in Paris?

So almost like they have lost their original purpose? I own one bible which I never look at but keep because it was given to me by a dear, departed friend who thought he could get me to read it one day. I do plan on buying a King James version though - I heard a story on NPR regarding the language used in this version - the commentator said that this was when the English language first shone in terms of beauty and lushness. I've never read the bible cover to cover and thought that if I did, this would be the version to read. So many of the classics that I do read have so many references in them to the bible as well as so much of the art I see. I feel like I don't know my canon.
Mar. 17th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Have you been to his grave in Paris?'
No, I didn't remember he was buried in Paris, sadly, when I was there, but I did visit Shelly & Keats in Rome, that's gotta count for something, right? Shelly especially, was another obsession. I apparently have a thing for artists who die relatively young.

Both of mine are King James, the very same King we rebelled against, isn't he? so if I ever were to read it now I know I should read one of these so thanks for that information. Lauren had to read certain chapters over the summer for her AP Literature class for that very reason, all the illusions which come from it.
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